Our Thanksgiving tradition is to visit Nathan’s family in San Diego. It’s only a 4-day weekend, but we always try to make the most of it. San Diego is a great city to visit, packed with a variety of activities.
San Diego La Jolla Tour
Nathan’s dad is also a certified tour guide so we took a great informative tour of the La Jolla coastline learning about the history, geography and current events in San Diego.
Wild Animal Park
We’ve been to the famous San Diego Zoo many times, so we thought it would be interesting to see the Wild Animal Park this time. The exhibits are more spread out, so it was pretty exhausting, but we saw more young animals since this is the zoo’s breeding facility. The new tiger exhibit was also pretty cool in that it really let you see the Tigers close up.
A few years ago we went lobster fishing and were really successful, catching several lobsters per person. Ever since then, we’ve been trying to beat that experience, or at least match it. Unfortunately this year it was unusually windy, which meant we had to stay closer to the shore, likely hurting our chances. We caught three legal sized lobsters, but had more fun playing cards in the cabin between pulling pots.
Horseback Riding on the Beach
As a special treat, Nathan’s dad arranged for us all to go horseback riding on the beach! There are only a few places that still allow you to ride horses on the beach in California, so we were glad to get the opportunity. We took a 2 hour ride along the Mexico border and out on to the beach. It was fun to see how the horses personalities played out during the ride, even following the same track they always take. Despite our inexperience and some conflicting horse-human personalities, we all managed to stay safe and enjoy the ride. But two hours was more than enough for our unconditioned butts… we couldn’t get out of the saddle fast enough!
It was another great trip to San Diego, we are already thinking of what to do this year… maybe a trip out to the desert in Anza Borrego Park.